AFH art & design
Name: Brenda Leong
Position: Exhibitions Manager
Years at AFH: 9 Years (3 years as a teen; 6 years as a staff member)
How did the Art and Design Leasing Program come to fruition?
The Nellie Mae Foundation was our first client in 1993; they’ve been leasing from us for over 20 years. In their Foundation report, they used our art to illustrate the need to educate a more diverse population of young people to keep up with the changing demands of the market.
What types of art and design pieces can a client lease through AFH’s Leasing Program?
Our collection, comprised of everything from photography and painting to sculpture and mixed media, is available for your home, office, or mixed-use space for a six month to one year lease period with an option to renew and refresh your selection.
How do people usually find out about AFH’s Art and Design Leasing Program?
Usually, our clients hear about us by word of mouth, or they’ve seen our work throughout Boston (we have art and design scattered throughout the City in the form of paintings, sculptures, bike racks, wall pieces, and more) and have been impressed by its quality. We encourage everyone to visit our bustling studios in South Boston, where they can see the teens in action. When people visit our studios, the work speaks for itself.
Who are some of the clients who have leased or purchased art and design from AFH?
Some clients who have leased or purchased from AFH are Bank of America, City of Boston, Emerson College, EY (formerly Ernst and Young) Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, Liberty Mutual, National Grid, Neiman Marcus Boston, State Street, TripAdvisor, Inc., Workbar, and many more.
How does the Art and Design Leasing Program support AFH?
AFH’s Leasing Program provides an opportunity for Boston’s leading businesses to connect with local creative teens by elevating their voices. Art has the potential to bridge the social, cultural, and economic divides between urban youth and business communities; our Leasing Program does just that by sparking engagement between what might otherwise be two disparate groups.
Did you know AFH leases art and design for homes, offices, and mixed-use spaces? Learn about our Art and Design Leasing Program from Exhibitions Manager Brenda Leong.
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"Neiman Marcus Boston is very proud to continue to collaborate with AFH’s creative teens whose amazing works of art are right at home in our store alongside our own collection of museum quality art."
—Daniel Kramer, Vice President, General Manager at Neiman Marcus Boston
photos by afh participants at kerasotes showplace icon theatre
"WRITE TO RIGHT" painting, 72in. x 48in.
by afh alum JAMEEL RADCLIFFE at neiman marcus boston
pHOTOGRAPH BY JANNA MACH